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With offices throughout Ohio, Bricker & Eckler is one of the region’s leading law firms. Our attorneys serve as trusted business advisors for businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, health care facilities, school districts and municipalities and individuals.

At Bricker & Eckler we are large enough to provide effective and sophisticated counsel across a wide variety of industries and areas of practice, while also delivering highly personalized service and access to our most experienced attorneys.  Reflecting our Midwestern roots, the firm is recognized by our clients for integrity, hard work and value for the dollar.

Health care, insurance, financial services, manufacturing, education, construction and real estate are key industries we serve. In addition, our attorneys offer extensive experience in a variety of specialized practice areas including shale oil and gas, complex litigation, economic development, corporate governance, public utilities, advanced energy, environmental issues and public finance.

Main Location

100 South Third Street
Columbus, OH 43215-4291
Phone: 614-227-2300
5 offices

Firm Attorneys

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Maria Armstrong Maria Armstrong Bricker & Eckler LLP
Practicing in: Energy Regulatory Law
Practicing in: Energy Regulatory Law

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    Achievements

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Ohio in Health Care Law with 12 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ohio in Energy Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ohio in Education Law with 9 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Columbus, Ohio in Public Finance Law with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Columbus, Ohio in Real Estate Law with 7 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Columbus, Ohio in Education Law with 7 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Columbus, Ohio in Health Care Law with 10 lawyers.

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Ohio in Health Care Law with 12 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ohio in Energy Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ohio in Education Law with 9 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Columbus, Ohio in Public Finance Law with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Columbus, Ohio in Real Estate Law with 7 lawyers.

    Client Comments

    "Timeliness and attentiveness are a real hallmark. Ann Marie Sferra routinely works whenever we need counsel or briefing whether after hours, or even on vacation. She is always scanning the legal landscape to monitor the wide-range of appeals that may have impact on the manufacturing industry. She is dependable and trusted like an in-house team member. This attorney seems to navigate the Ohio Supreme Court exceptionally well."
    - Ryan Augsburger
    Ohio Manufacturers' Association
    "Anne Marie is among the best counsel we have used for insurance litigation throughout the United States. She achieves results without over-litigating and overcharging the file. She is a very easy person to talk with and gives prudent advice, even when it is different than what the client initially has in mind."
    - John Clendenin
    Nyemaster, Goode, West, Hansell & O'Brien, P.C.
    "Bobbie Sprader is detailed in all areas of work and uses resources and experts wisely. She is extremely knowledgeable."
    "Catherine Ballard lives medical staff issues daily and that experience cannot be overestimated. She handles such disputes in a cost-effective and professional manner. I would recommend her as "the best" in this area in all of Ohio."
    "You will not find a more knowledgeable, insightful or ethical attorney than Charles "Dusty" McCreary. We have trusted him for all our real estate transactions, leases, and other needs for the last 20 years because he has big picture vision but he's meticulously buttoned-up. He's able to achieve our objective without needless and costly detours. We have referred numerous friends and associates to Mr. McCreary without hesitation and we will continue to do so."
    - Clay Cookerly
    Hammerhead Investments
    "For level-headed, thoughtful, and accurate advice on real estate matters, Dusty McCreary is our go-to resource. "
    "Charles McCreary has significant experience with many different types of real estate matters. He has experience representing both the owner/developer as well as lenders/financial institutions. He is well thought of and highly trusted in the community. He provides excellent legal representation at a reasonable cost. He has the ability to negotiate for the client and provide a win/win solution in most occasions."
    "Christopher Swank is a very well respected attorney in low-income housing tax credits financing law. He is proactive in calling the bank to inform us of new laws impacting low income housing tax credits. He is great with follow through and is very sensitive about not running up legal bills."
    - Scott Green
    The Park National Bank
    "Mr. Haddox has an uncanny ability to foresee potential legal problems, and is proactive in recommending practical, cost-effective actions to avoid those problems, well in advance of when they are likely to be needed. His attention to detail is impressive. Mr. Haddox is clear-eyed in making and presenting business risk assessments. He is unfailingly respectful and even-handed in his interactions with others. His views and opinions are respected and valued in my company."
    - David M. Minger
    Verizon Wireless
    "Dane A. Gaschen is top notch. Although we are a small client of his firm, Dane treats us as if we are as important as any of the firm's clients. I feel that when Dane is negotiating for us, or offering advice, he is not our lawyer but rather a part of our team. Our concerns are his concerns, and he represents Wellsville as if he lives in our district. In this day and age, it's hard to get the personal service Dane A. Gaschen gives my district."
    - Richard Bereschik
    Wellsville Local School District
    "Dane A. Gaschen is my lifeline in the ever-changing area of school law. I call him when I doubt my own judgment and I'm happy to say he has always given me and my board sound advice. If Dane doesn't have the answer he will acquire it in a timely fashion. He is highly skilled in the area of negotiations. His calm manner, knowledge, and attention to detail make him a valued partner in the negotiations process. He cannot and will not be bullied by the other team. He is concerned about what is best for the district and doesn't adhere to the "Slash and Burn Policy" of many firms. Dane is with us today and plans to be here in the future. He tries to foster a working relationship with all the parties involved in the process. Quite frankly, I could not do my job effectively without the assistance of Brickler & Eckler and their support team."
    - Richard Bereschik
    Wellsville Local School District
    "Dane Gaschen knows labor law inside and out."
    "Mr. Gaschen has worked with our organization extensively for the past several years. I have found Mr. Gaschen to be very knowledgeable yet very unassuming and excellent to work with."
    "Mr. Gaschen is an exemplary attorney. He is very knowledgeable about school law, and he responds to the needs of his clients promptly. I would definitely recommend Mr. Gaschen to other school districts."
    "David is a brilliant and customer service driven attorney who always has an idea about how to solve your toughest problems."
    "David Baker is an extraordinary lawyer. He has provided terrific service and value. I would highly recommend him to others."
    - Mark Russell
    Grange Mutual Casualty Insurance Company
    "David is an extraordinarily talented real estate lawyer. He's very responsive and has been able to creatively solve problematic issues. I highly recommend him."
    - Mark Russell
    Grange Mutual Casualty Insurance Company
    "Mr. Conrad is a highly qualified real estate attorney. His ability to understand complicated transactions in a short period of time and provide comprehensive insight and counsel is very a big asset for his clients. The more amazing fact is that he is able to do this while still comprehending the business aspects of the transaction. In my experience, few lawyers have the legal skills and the business acumen to understand the ramifications of the advice they are providing their clients. Mr. Conrad does."
    - Paul Ghidotti
    The Daimler Group
    "It is always a pleasure working with Mr. Conrad. David has been very effective in helping me work through some creative transactions. His responsiveness is quick; his communication skills are invaluable, and he is incredibly resourceful."
    - Bianca Blackwell
    The Guernsey Bank
    "Mr. Conrad has a tremendously high level of expertise in the real estate law arena. His experience and intelligence make him extremely easy to work with. It is unique to find a lawyer with this depth of knowledge AND an engaging personality. The combination of skill and character affords Mr. Conrad the ability to disarm issues BEFORE they become closing problems. Mr. Conrad and his team are exceptionally responsive and have demonstrated an ability to react quickly to our needs. He communicates effectively, and understands the issues that are important to the Bank. This understanding often eliminates closing "fire drills." I would recommend Mr. Conrad to anyone in need of real estate law expertise. "
    - Brian Emmerling
    National City Bank
    "Dave Conrad has represented us on several Real Estate transactions, including a very complex six-property acquisition. In all aspects, Dave represented us in the most professional manner with always our best interest in mind. He is always responsive and very effective in his approach in breaking down risks and mitigation. I would highly recommend him in any real estate transaction."
    - Thomas Lusk
    Midwest Real Estate Services, LLC
    "David is without a doubt one of the most respected real estate lawyers in the Columbus area. I have referred David to many of our clients over the past years."
    "I appreciate the legal expertise of attorney David M. Whittaker in providing advice as well as explaining the law to our staff. His experience and knowledge have been invaluable to our financial institution. I value Mr. Whittaker's integrity and I have found him to be responsive to our needs in a timely and professional manner."
    - William Hubbard
    The Rockhold, Brown & Company Bank
    "David has long been an excellent asset to our organization. He is very familiar with all of our operations and his comments have always been right on. His credentials have helped to make sensitive matters easier to resolve, especially given the many viewpoints that arise from time to time."
    - Richard Maslyk
    MidState Educators Credit Union Inc.
    "Bette Squeglia's vast knowledge and experience in the areas of health care and insurance law has been critically important to us in administering a large health care plan. Bette's appreciation of our business needs has meant that she is very practical in her approach to our legal issues while always ensuring that the legal requirements are satisfied."
    "Bette has developed such a deep understanding of insurance and Health Care Law that we prefer her expertise in complex situations requiring highly skilled and knowledgeable advice. She has worked with the company for the past 10 years so she understands our direction and needs at all levels. Bette is our "go-to" insurance lawyer period."
    "Gordon Johnston is a true professional that is experienced, knowledgeable, and thorough. He produces a work product that is well prepared, on point, and delivered on time."
    "Jack Rosati has been invaluable with our construction project, as well as other legal matters. He is a great "sounding board" for concerns and provides practical, legal responses for the challenges of the education community that are viable and consistent."
    - Patricia Ciraso
    Washington-Nile School District
    "Mr. Flynn is a true resource and expert in the field of Health Care Law. Additionally, he is well-versed and connected in the industry. The knowledge and contacts allow dynamic input and involvement from many different perspectives. Jim is timely, effective, and collaborative. Because of this strong working relationship, Bricker & Eckler, Jim Flynn, and the Health Care Law team are viewed as an extension of Berger Health System and operate as part of our team."
    - Tim Colburn
    Berger Health System
    "James Flynn is an outstanding communicator. Mr. Flynn makes complex matters understandable to all necessary parties (client, board members, community members, and physicians). Additionally, matters are handled in a very timely manner. Mr. Flynn is a trusted resource and excellent advisor. Jim's understanding of the health care industry and health care law is a great benefit to his clients. This balance of industry understanding and legal expertise makes Mr. Flynn an outstanding business partner and a trusted strategic advisor."
    - Tim Colburn
    Berger Health System
    "Jim consistently demonstrates leadership and exceptional health law skills, while maintaining a supportive focus on clients. I would trust Jim with the most critical and sensitive matters."
    - Mary Gallagher
    Ohio Hospital Association
    "Jim Flynn is not only our lead legal counsel, but we also value his guidance in direction in many aspects of our business."
    - Dan Paoletti
    Ohio Health Information Partnership
    "Jim takes the time to understand us, what we want, and how we do business. He is extremely effective, no matter what our request. His responses are always timely and on target."
    "Jerry Allen is perhaps one of the finest lawyers I have ever encountered. He has provided us solid legal advice on all of the legal and business matters that we have faced over the years. He blends his strong legal background with his keen business mind to provide excellent guidance in many different areas. He has always been very responsive and has taken the time to understand our organization, as well as the industry in which we operate."
    - Michael S. Kappas
    Apprisen
    "Jerry Allen is a seasoned and highly competent attorney in the complex area of church and not-for-profit law. With over 25 years helping exempt organizations with their legal needs, he brings perspective and creative solutions to the table constantly. His experience and key connections in this niche field cause organizations that are national in scope to seek out his valuable services. Jerry is highly responsive, zeroing in on the core issues and bringing the right attorney seamlessly into the equation to assist as needed. His professionalism is unquestioned, without sacrificing approachability and empathetic concern. A specific area of expertise of Jerry's is the efficient formation of subsidiary companies to facilitate an organization's vision and purpose, while limiting its liability. Jerry also guides our compensation committee, allowing its members to be confident and effective in their responsibilities. We are so pleased to have Jerry as a key resource to our executive team."
    - Scott Lee
    World Harvest Church
    "Mr. Allen has represented the City of Columbus in a rather adversarial challenge by a federal government agency. Mr. Allen's scholarly, professional, and calm approach to the challenge resulted in a settlement far, far advantageous to the City when compared to the original demands of the federal agency. Mr. Allen's knowledge of the applicable law and his debate skills were very evident to this grateful client."
    - Hugh J. Dorrian
    City of Columbus, Ohio
    "Jerry Allen provides excellent and quality service!"
    "We engaged Jerry Allen in a very important tax appeal initiative for a large and complex piece of commercial real estate in the Columbus area. We ended with a very successful result, due to Jerry's positioning and understanding of the information and the asset, his follow through as it met with significant resistance, and his creativity in the final deal structuring, helping us achieve both short-term and long-term benefits. Jerry was a pleasure to deal with, and we will look to use him in the future."
    "Karen has served us as a family counselor in a most professional manner and over the years has become a close, trusted advisor to whom we turn in many areas. She is very thorough, conscientious, and caring in her relationships with all the members of our family, treating all equally with discretion and integrity."
    - William H. Hobart
    Hobart Brothers Company
    "Karen Moore is a pleasure with which to work. She takes the time to understand all the issues, and responds in a succinct and well organized manner to make the subject matter and options understandable. She prudently uses her junior staff to keep the cost under control and makes herself easily accessible when questions arise. I have referred Karen to an associate and would not hesitate to do so again in the future."
    "Kimball has the knowledge and expertise to assist with a variety of personnel issues. Our district employs over 2500 employees who belong to three labor groups. Many issues are complex in nature and Kimball has always assisted in seeking the appropriate resolution."
    "Fort Hamilton Hospital values its relationship with Mike Gire as among the most significant and most critical in place at the current time. The guidance and advocacy that Mike provides has been instrumental in helping our hospital maintain its viability throughout some very unusual and trying situations. As busy as he is, Mike is responsive and thoughtful whenever our hospital requires his assistance. Mike's knowledge base is impressive. Because of this, we are confident in following Mike's advice whenever it is provided. Mike's professionalism and integrity are personal characteristics that are critical to the high level of trust necessary between an organization and its legal counsel. Finally, Mike is well-respected among his peers, which is important when resolution of challenging issues depends on communication and cooperation between opposing counsel."
    - Lynn Oswald
    Fort Hamilton Hospital
    "Mike Gire is the best health care attorney I have encountered in my career. His ability to handle the toughest issues is a great blend of law and practical advice. He not only does excellent legal work, he also facilitates the success of inside counsel. He is my go-to attorney for my toughest issues."
    "Rich is an outstanding defense lawyer. He is thorough, knowledgeable, appropriately aggressive, and professional. I take great comfort in his work and know that our best interest will always be first and foremost on his mind. I recommend him to everyone that seeks a referral from me."
    - Joseph Nelson
    Kenyon College
    "Steve Intihar is a business oriented real estate attorney. He has command of the big picture and minute details. He has represented KeyBank in real estate matters for over 15 years. The bank is better because of the partnership."
    - Robert Zelina
    KeyBank, National Association
    "Timeliness and attentiveness are a real hallmark. Ann Marie Sferra routinely works whenever we need counsel or briefing whether after hours, or even on vacation. She is always scanning the legal landscape to monitor the wide-range of appeals that may have impact on the manufacturing industry. She is dependable and trusted like an in-house team member. This attorney seems to navigate the Ohio Supreme Court exceptionally well."
    - Ryan Augsburger
    Ohio Manufacturers' Association
    "Anne Marie is among the best counsel we have used for insurance litigation throughout the United States. She achieves results without over-litigating and overcharging the file. She is a very easy person to talk with and gives prudent advice, even when it is different than what the client initially has in mind."
    - John Clendenin
    Nyemaster, Goode, West, Hansell & O'Brien, P.C.
    "Bobbie Sprader is detailed in all areas of work and uses resources and experts wisely. She is extremely knowledgeable."
    "Catherine Ballard lives medical staff issues daily and that experience cannot be overestimated. She handles such disputes in a cost-effective and professional manner. I would recommend her as "the best" in this area in all of Ohio."

    Bricker & Eckler LLP

    Main Location

    100 South Third Street
    Columbus, OH 43215-4291
    Phone: 614-227-2300
    5 offices

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    Contacts

    Appellate
    614-227-2394
    Business Law
    614-227-7742
    Business, Tax & Estates
    614-227-7742
    Construction
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    614-227-2373
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    614-227-8871
    Government Relations
    614.227.8826
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    614-227-7744

    Personnel

    Partners: 84
    Of Counsel: 10
    Associates: 33
    Other Lawyers: 10
    Paralegals: 20
    Non-Legal Employees: 119

    Practice Areas

    Administrative / Regulatory Law
    Antitrust Law
    Appellate Practice
    Banking and Finance Law
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    Commercial Litigation
    Communications Law
    Construction Law
    Corporate Compliance Law
    Corporate Governance Law
    Corporate Law
    Education Law
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
    Employment Law - Individuals
    Employment Law - Management
    Energy Law
    Environmental Law
    Equipment Finance Law
    Government Relations Practice
    Health Care Law
    Insurance Law
    Labor Law - Management
    Litigation - Antitrust
    Litigation - Banking and Finance
    Litigation - Bankruptcy
    Litigation - Construction
    Litigation - Environmental
    Litigation - Labor and Employment
    Litigation - Real Estate
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    Natural Resources Law
    Oil and Gas Law
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
    Public Finance Law
    Real Estate Law
    Securities / Capital Markets Law
    Tax Law
    Trusts and Estates
    Water Law
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers